Robotic Heart Surgery in Chennai

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Robotic heart surgery is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that uses robots to perform the surgery under the careful supervision and control of specialised surgeons. The surgery is also known as Da Vinci Surgery, which was named after the manufacturer of the robot used. There is less pain and discomfort associated with robot-assisted heart surgery in Chennai, as the incisions are small and less noticeable.  

What Is Robotic Surgery?

The field of medicine has been influenced by advancements in technology and one of the best examples is the rising popularity of Robotic Surgery. This minimally invasive heart surgery is performed by robots controlled by skilled and experienced surgeons. 

The surgery is performed using surgical tools attached to robotic arms, which are controlled by speciualized surgeons. In robotic cardiac surgery, the incisions made are small unlike traditional surgeries, which leads to minimal complications and faster healing. 

As, robot assisted heart surgery offers more precision, many cardiac operations, such as mitral valve repair, closure of some specific types of holes and removal of cardiac tumours are performed using these surgical robots. 

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Dr. Nikhil P.J.Theckumparampil

Heart Specialist & Cardiac-Surgeon Robotic & Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery (MICS) TAVR / TAVI Specialist. Senior Consultant Apollo Hospital

  • Gold Medalist in MBBS
  • Trained at Harvard University, Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University and Temple University.
  • Graduated Top of his class in Cardiac Surgery.
  • Awarded Pennsylvania, USA, “Top Doctor”.
  • One of the busiest Robotic Heart Surgeons in the USA performing over 200 robotic assisted cardiac surgeries.
  • Trained and published in LVAD and Heart Transplantation.
  • Returned to India after 17 years in the USA.
  • Associate Professor and Senior Consultant Apollo Hospitals, Chennai.
  • Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of CardioThoracic Surgery
  • Only American Board Certified Cardiac Surgeon Currently practicing in India

Who Needs Robotic Heart Surgery?

Not everybody is a fit for robotic heart bypass surgery. The choice of a robotic surgery in Chennai depends on various factors, such as the patient’s general health and cardiac complications. Your cardiologist will perform some tests, such as cardiac catheterisation, CT scans, etc, to decide whether robotic surgery is an apt approach for you. 

Patients with multiple cardiac procedures like valve repair and coronary artery bypass surgery may not be the right choice for robotic surgery. Also, patients who are obese or who have had previous cardiac surgery, especially on the right side, may not be considered eligible for robotic cardiac surgery. It is usually not performed on an emergency or a trauma patient. 

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Why Is Heart360 Care The Top Choice For Robotic Surgery Consulting In Chennai?

Deciding with the right surgeon and the hospital for consultations is the primary step in ensuring a successful Robotic Surgery in Chennai. Heart360 Care is led by one of the best Robotic surgeons in Chennai, Dr Nikhil P.J. Theckumparampil, who has decades of experience in Cardiac surgery and has completed more than 3,000 heart surgeries. 

Dr Nikhil is considered one of the busiest robotic heart surgeons in the USA. He has performed over 200 robotic-assisted cardiac surgeries to date.

He has extensive global experience and is trained in cardiac surgery and other advanced procedures like robotic heart surgery at prestigious institutions, including Harvard University, Ohio State University, Vanderbilt University, Temple University, and Pennsylvania University.

Dr. Nikhil is a pioneer in incision-less valve procedures, having conducted more than 400 transcatheter valve replacements using advanced technologies like the Medtronic CoreValve, Edwards Sapien valve, Abbott MitraClip, and Meril MyVal. He is also an expert in surgical electrophysiology, specialising in Cox Maze IV for atrial fibrillation and serving as a proctor for Convergent Hybrid Ablation Procedures.

He is known for his compassionate and patient-centric approach. Dr. Nikhil is highly ethical in his practice and communicates transparently about procedures, success rates, and risks.

What Are The Benefits Of Robotic-Assisted Heart Surgery Over Traditional Heart Surgery?

Robotic-assisted heart surgery offers numerous advantages compared to traditional open-heart surgery, such as: 

  • It is a minimally invasive procedure which requires a few minor cuts between 1-2 centimetres. On the other hand, traditional open-heart surgery involves significant muscle cutting. Robotic surgery thus reduces the overall physical impact of the surgery.  
  • Another important benefit is the enhanced precision and control it offers the surgeon. This helps to use robotic surgical interventions in many intricate heart procedures that require finer movements. 
  • Robotic-assisted surgery in Chennai offers high-definition, 3D visualisation of the surgical site, increasing the accuracy and precision of the procedures. 
  • Because this surgery involves minimal incisions, the risk of infection and bleeding is reduced in comparison to open heart surgery. This enables a smoother recovery for patients undergoing robotic cardiac surgery
  • Compared to traditional heart surgery, patients who had robotic surgery experience lesser pain and discomfort post-surgery. 
  • Faster recovery is another prominent advantage of robotic heart bypass surgery as it is a minimally invasive procedure and can return to their daily routines and responsibilities sooner than in open heart surgery. 

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How Is Robotic Surgery In Chennai Performed?

The main steps involved in a robotic surgery in Chennai are discussed below; 

A total medical examination is conducted using various diagnostic tests and imaging studies like electrocardiogram, X-ray, CT, etc. Then the surgeon develops a detailed surgical plan tailored to the patient’s specific needs. 

The patient is administered general anaesthesia to ensure they are unconscious and pain-free throughout the procedure.

Then, small incisions, typically 1-2 centimetres in size, are made in the patient’s body. These cuts attach surgical instruments and a high-definition 3D camera to the robotic arms.

The surgeon views the surgical site in high-definition and 3D and controls it through the console. Throughout the robotic heart bypass procedure, the surgical team continuously monitors the patient’s vital signs and the surgical site.

Once the robot-assisted cardiac surgery is complete, the surgical instruments and camera are removed from the patient’s body. The small incisions are closed using sutures, staples, or adhesive strips. 

How Is The Recovery Period After A Robotic Cardiac Surgery?

The recovery period after robotic cardiac surgery in Chennai is generally smoother and faster than traditional surgery. Depending on the complexity of the surgery, the patient may need to stay in the hospital for a few days for observation and further recovery. Most patients have a shorter hospital stay compared to those who undergo traditional open surgery. Pain relief medications are administered as needed to manage postoperative discomfort. 

Some patients may require physical therapy to regain strength and mobility. Light activities, such as walking around the house, can be resumed within a few days post-surgery. Patients should avoid heavy lifting, strenuous exercise, and activities that might strain the surgical site that could lead to major complications. 

What Is The Cost Of Robotic Surgery?

The cost of robotic surgery is approximately around INR 7,00,000. However, the total cost of robotic heart surgery varies depending on factors such as: 

  • Complexity and Duration: More complex surgeries requiring longer operating duration generally cost more.
  • Hospital and its Facilities: Reputed hospitals with state-of-the-art facilities might charge higher fees for advanced robotic heart surgeries in India.
  • Experience and Reputation: Surgeons with extensive experience and a high success rate in robotic surgeries might charge higher.
  • Preoperative and Postoperative Care: Preoperative consultations, diagnostic tests, and imaging studies add to the overall cost of robot-assisted heart surgery in Chennai.
  • Follow-Up Care: Postoperative care, including ICU stays, follow-up consultations, and rehabilitation, can significantly affect the rate of robotic heart surgery in Chennai

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What Are The Risks Of Robotic Heart Surgery?

All surgeries have some associated complications, and so have robotic heart surgeries. Although this is a minimally invasive procedure and the complications associated with the surgery are fewer, still some of the possible potential risks associated with robotic cardiac surgery are listed below: 

  • Heart Attacks (due to blood clotting due to underlying conditions) 
  • Infections 
  • Strokes 
  • Irregular heartbeats or Arrhythmias

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, robotic surgery is safe. It is minimally invasive and more precise, and surgeons are highly trained in using the robotic system. Also, the risks in robotic surgery, such as infections, bleeding, etc., are less compared to open heart surgery.
The success rate of robotic heart surgery is generally very high due to lower complication rates and higher precision.
Yes, there will be scars after robotic cardiac surgery, but when compared to traditional surgery, these are way too small. Open surgery has larger and longer scars, whereas in robotic surgery, scars are minimal as the incisions are tiny and less noticeable.
Robotic-assisted heart surgery can treat various heart conditions, such as Coronary Artery Disease, issues with heart valves like mitral valve prolapse or stenosis, congenital heart defects like Atrial Septal Defect, problems due to irregular heartbeat, tumours, etc.
Both types of surgery are very safe today. Robotic surgery helps reduce complications and allows for quicker recovery. Patients experience less pain, less bleeding, fewer infections, and less need for blood transfusions, and they can return to work in a few weeks.

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